The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan, has launched a television and digital advertising campaign tying Minnesota's top four Democratic House candidates to the domestic violence allegation against Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison.
The six-figure buy targets the four Democrats running in the state's contested congressional races—Joe Radinovich, Dean Phillips, Angie Craig and Dan Feehan—criticizing them for failing to repudiate Ellison.
Radinovich is running against Republican Pete Stauber for the state's open 8th Congressional District; Phillips faces off against GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen; Craig is set for a rematch against Republican Rep. Jason Lewis; and Feehan matches up against Republican Jim Hagedorn in the open 1st Congressional District.
The spots include video from an interview with Ellison’s ex-girlfriend Karen Monahan, where she accused him of dragging her off a bed by her feet during an obscenity-filled 2016 encounter. And the ads point to the National Organization of Women's statement calling on Ellison to withdraw from his race for attorney general, arguing the candidate is "backing Ellison instead of believing his victim."
Ellison has denied the allegation and the existence of a video Monahan says she has, but is choosing not to release. He said in a statement earlier this month that "This video does not exist because I have never behaved in this way, and any characterization otherwise is false."
Most Democrats have stood by Ellison despite the accusations. Last weekend, Minnesota Democrats gave Ellison the state party’s endorsement in his bid for state Attorney General.
NBC News has reached out to the four Democratic campaigns and will update with any responses.